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Cities Leadership Role in Climate Change

Created Dec 09 2015, 3:06 PM by David Painter
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Dear Community Members, with the Paris Climate Conference under way, I believe you'll find the article below very interesting. It demonstrates the importance of our work to facilitate financing for climate smart investments by cities.


Cities leadership role in climate change | Devex

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Click here to read the full article.

  • Here is another article of interest....  -- David


    The next-generation city: Resilient, smart and sustainable

    By Jennifer Baljko jbaljko07 December 2015


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    Click here to read the full article.

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    Dear Mr David,

    I would like first to send my appreciation and thanks to your efforts and I am so missing you. I hope that every one of your family is well.


    Regarding the above topic, I would like to say that climate change is now a global challenge that the world is facing. I think municipalities should go in accordance with this challenge when preparing their coming projects and designs. The current climate change we are experiencing has been definitively linked to the amount of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) that people have emitted into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels, as well as industrial, agriculture, and land use practices. The extent of climate change that we will see in the future really depends on the actions we all take now to reduce our use of fossil fuels. If we do not reduce the amount of GHGs, we will see a greater degree of climate change, while if we start to significantly reduce GHG emissions, the extent of climate change will be less.

    Municipalities in Jordan are somehow not actually involved in the process of climate change. But, I myself after (The World Bank Academy on Creditworthiness of Municipalities) in Jordan in 2015, I started feeling the importance to deal with the issue. Therefore, I am trying to apply the following procedures:

    1. To educate the public about the changing climate, and involve and engage local citizens and volunteers in the processes of adaptation and mitigation.

    2. Establish a cooperative association of renewable energy.

    3. Try to train the staff on how to apply climate change to our projects

    4. To follow up on-going developments relating the issue

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  • Dear Community Members, following David’s article on cities leadership role in climate change, here is another interesting article that features New York City’s experience in rebuilding after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.


    The authors of the article, who participated in the Paris Climate Conference as part of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, recommend a set of strategies that cities can pursue to invest in resilience measures and become climate leaders, as New York has been doing since 2013, motivated largely by the damages it has been suffering from extreme weather.


    In order to become more resilient, cities should link the preparations for near-term disasters and long-term climate change; combine activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions with interventions that build resilience; involve city decision-makers, infrastructure managers, citizens groups and other key stakeholders in the planning process; focus on protecting the most vulnerable; enhance local creditworthiness and management skills; and join forces with other local governments by creating city networks.


    By following this approach, New York’s experience in rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy can offer three main useful lessons for other cities – read the article below to find them out!


    Building climate resilience in cities: lessons from New York

    By Cynthia Rosenzweig and William Solecki


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    In the link below you cal also find the New York resilience plan “A stronger, More Resilient New York” released in 2013 with recommendations for increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide after Hurricane Sandy.


    NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency